At 8:30 this morning, several of our Kurdish families who have recovered from their surgeries and have been officially discharged, set off for the Jordanian border, the first leg in their return journey home to Kurdistan.
When it came time to say goodbye, embracing Awmed’s grandmother made me think of the day we held each other going down the hallway into Awmed’s second surgery. It wasn’t that long ago, but it seems like it a lot of of time has passed since his prolonged intubation period in between two heart surgeries. Now he is going home, made well and whole, back to his mother, father, and older brother.
I hope that as he grows, he remains close with his grandmother and that she tells him the story of their time in Israel when he was a baby. I think that they will always have a special bond because she has been with him through all of this, for the entire time.
At our goodbye party, little Awmed was dressed in his very best, an outfit made complete with a bow tie and suspenders! It has been such a joy to know Awmed and his grandmother.
Looking forward to returning to Kurdistan
Today, Awmed had an echo at Sheba Medical Center and praise God, it was his last echo there. Everything is fine so far and he‘s ready to go back to Kurdistan with his grandmother.
Putting him into his car-seat to drive back to our house in Jaffa, he was just smiling and gazing at me with his big eyes, which I thought was very cute.
Please join us in prayer that God will open a way for them to go back to Kurdistan. We know that He who split the sea for the Israelites is also able to prepare a way for them to return to their family.
mThis morning was a stressful one for Awmed. I was visiting them in Sheba hospital when the nurse came to see if I could bring them down to the X-ray area.
Awmed was somewhat unsettled at the time we made our way downstairs, Awmed’s grandmother said that because he is on a feeding schedule of every three hours, it was getting to the time when he was really hungry. After his chest X-ray, we went back up to his room.
Just when we were asking if his milk could be given, they told us to go to the Cardiac floor for his Echo-cardiogram. So there we went.
The Cardiologist who saw him was pleased with the outcome of the VSD closure and Pacemaker insertion. The tests today were preparation for his impending discharge this week, which his grandmother was very happy to hear.
When his Echo was finished, we were finally able to get this sweet boy some milk to drink, which brought contentment in his grandmother’s arms.
The little man has been having a high temperature, and today’s assessments were not able to find a reason why. He had an ultrasound of the abdomen, which showed everything to be normal.
Yesterday’s Echo-cardiogram also showed that the heart is working well, which is good news. Once the fever is resolved, it looks like our Awmed and his patient grandma could be released to come home to us in Jaffa soon!
Thank God for the recovery after the initially difficult days following his surgery.
Moved to Secondary Pediatric ICU
Actually, I was already done with the visits at the Sheba Medical Centre today and only went back to pick up a bag to take back to Jaffa for someone. There I was greeted by a nice surprise.
The lovely grandmother of Awmed greeted me with a big smile and a “Hamdullalah,” and hugged me because Awmed was getting moved to the Secondary Pediatric ICU at Sheba Hospital. Thank God for this great bit of news.
I also learned however, that Awmed is not drinking or eating on his own yet because he is on a breathing tube. The doctors want him to be on the breathing tube for the next two weeks and are observing how he recovers during that time.
Let’s support the medical Staff of Sheba and the happy grandmother and precious Awmed in prayer, that he will continue to recover well little by little.
Recovering well and extubated!
Awmed’s grandmother was a transformed lady as she greeted me today at Sheba Hospital. Even behind her face mask, it was clear to see that she was beaming with happiness as she shared the good news that Awmed has been extubated and is finally doing better.
It was such a pleasure to see how she is changed with so much joy to see this precious baby improving. Praise God for this improvement. And we thank you for your prayers for this little one.
Today I was able to visit Awmed’s grandmother in the ICU of Sheba Hospital. The lovely lady saw me from her room and came to me outside. She was crying! I could not do or say anything. But perhaps words were not needed in that moment. With an embrace we show our love, our support, and say I am here with you and I sympathize deeply. That’s what I tried to do. I hope the Lord continues to comfort her heart.
Still, it is good news that the condition of Awmed is stable. He is intubated however and we need to wait and see whether he can be removed from this sooner than later.
Please keep praying with us for this wonderful boy and for his eventual improvement. Bless his grandmother with peace and confidence, that God is able to do more than we can possibly imagine.
A successful VSD closure and pacemaker placement
Awmed underwent a second surgery at Sheba Medical Center today. In the morning they transported him from the ICU to the operating room with his concerned grandmother trailing right behind the crib as it rolled down the hall and into the surgery area. There are two sets of electric double doors, one that you can go through with the team, and the second where, after the anesthesia is administered, the child is taken to the room of the operation. When Awmed was wheeled through the second set, his grandmother wept as she had to release him at that point.
We retraced our steps to some empty chairs outside the operation area as the waiting began. In the middle of the surgery, Awmed’s grandma was messaging back and forth with her family in Kurdistan, including Awmed’s young parents. A combination of Awmed having another surgery, and knowing he’ll need a pacemaker replacement in five years, affected her deeply. It means she and Awmed’s parents will have to be continually adjusting their collective hopes for this beloved child’s future and thinking in advance of all the “what if’s.”
I wrote last week in the Shevet Achim weekly digital ‘Prayer Update,’ that in lieu of one of Awmed’s parents being with him, his grandmother is exactly the person that you would want taking care of a baby, especially in the midst of a complicated recovery. Co-worker Georgia and I reiterated those words today.
At one point, grandma was scrolling through her phone and came across a picture of Awmed she had sent. She stopped scrolling and her eyes concentrated on his smiling face in the photograph, she kissed it as she cried.
She faced a very difficult day with such steadiness. At the end of the day came the relieving news that the surgery was done. Doctors were able to close Awmed’s VSD, in addition to successfully implanting a pacemaker.
Thank you for praying for this beautiful family, and please continue to hold them in your prayers.
I met the mother of Awmed today at the Pediatric ICU of Sheba Medical Centre. She was worried about her grandson. Tomorrow, Lord willing, he will receive a pacemaker in his surgery because of his AV block. The surgery will start at 8 am.
May our God keep the blessed boy through this time! Please pray for the surgical staff and all concerned tomorrow, and for his grandmother, who needs peace and comfort in her heart.
His grandmother needs a miracle
The lovely Awmed is still in Pediatric ICU in Sheba Hospital and still intubated. After the collapse of his left lung this week, he underwent a bronchoscopy to find out if there is some structural aberrance of the organ.
Thank you Lord, they found the lungs are working well and there is not a problem within for extubation. The doctors want to wait a few days more however, before they release Awmed to breath independently from the machine.
Please pray for this wonderful child! His grandmother needs a miracle. Thank you so much for all your prayer support during the whole time. We hope for the preternatural recovery of his body. With God, all things are possible.
A big day for little Awmed
I arrived at Sheba hospital today just in God’s perfect timing, specifically to the secondary ICU where little Awmed and his lovely grandmother where admitted yesterday evening. I asked one of the nurses if Awmed was already in his surgery and if she knew where his grandmother was. The nurse was very friendly and told me that Awmed’s surgery began around 7:30 a.m., but she couldn’t tell me where his grandmother was.
As I walked out of the secondary ICU, there was Awmed’s grandmother, walking toward me at the same time. Sadly, she was very sad and upset by the commencement of Awmed’s surgery. She was crying a bit, so I gave her a hug, and tried to comfort her. We sat down in front of the surgery area to begin waiting together. Even though we couldn’t talk much due to language barriers, it was good that I was with her and that she was not alone during this difficult time.
The surgery took about seven hours to complete. Shortly after, Awmed was moved to the ICU. His grandmother and I still had to wait for another half hour until we were allowed to enter the ICU because the doctors needed to take place him on various machines and to prepare everything. When we were allowed to enter the ICU, Awmed’s grandmother was crying silently because she was happy that the surgery was over, and that it went well.
Thank you for your prayer support for both Awmed and his grandmother. Our prayers go up for his complete recovery and for peace for his grandmother.
A normal day started for Awmed and his grandmother in our house on the Jaffa coast. Here you can see him just laying and relaxing on his bed. But then in the afternoon, my co-worker Sabrina brought Awmed and his grandmother to Sheba hospital.
They just went into their hospital room and are now waiting for his surgery which will be tomorrow.
Please pray for him and the doctors that they will perform a successful surgery on Awmed, and also for Awmed’s grandmother not to be too worried.
Awmed and his aunty have arrived in Israel, along with four other Kurdish families. He has a diagnosis of dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries (d-TGA), and has had a catheterisation in Kurdistan which has helped the oxygen flow around his body. However, his oxygen levels are still low, and for this reason he needs a surgery. He will have his first appointment at the hospital on Wednesday. Please pray for Awmed as he heads into the hospital, and for peace for his parents back in Kurdistan.